Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Illustration Friday - RED

Due to computer issues and a busy schedule, it's been a few weeks since I've participated in Illustration Friday and I've missed it. The first thing I did, when I saw the topic, was sit down and brainstorm on all of the red things that I could think of.  Red is a very provocative color. It conjures some frightening images and some very lusty ones. There's also happy red images - cherries, watermelon, Valentine's hearts and Rudolph's nose. I chose to stick to the happy side of red (mostly since my interest lies in illustrating for children) and two of the first images I listed were the red tricycle and red velvet. Here they are - together.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


     I did a few small watercolors during the week that my computer was being repaired. Below is the original watercolor (approx. 4" x 7") and above is the image after I had some more fun with it using my Wacom tablet.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Evening on the Arno River

Another larger (18" x 24") oil on canvas that I did because I liked the way the miniature version turned out.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lane at Villa Le Montanine

     It's been a while since my last post due to computer issues.  I downloaded a new operating system - Mavericks, for my Mac.  I didn't like it.  I suddenly could no longer use Painter Essentials, and for some reason I couldn't even get my scanner to work properly.  I took my computer to a professional to have him remove Mavericks and put back my old Snow Leopard system. I would like to update to one of the systems in between Snow Leopard and Mavericks but now I'm a bit nervous about it. Not having a computer for a week was frustrating, but I spent some time on some good old fashioned painting.  
     Here is a 12" x 16" oil on gesso board that I finished.  I had done a miniature 2" x 3" painting using the same image and I liked the way it looked so I went bigger.  I worked from a photo that I took in Italy this past October where my step-daughter got married.  This is the lane leading away from the villa where we all stayed. I haven't done very many landscapes but I'm happy with the way this one turned out.